Over Her Dead Body, a Small Matters Production, marks Canadian clowning legend and U of A Drama instructor Jan Henderson’s return to the stage after a 25-year hiatus.
Based on the clown process Jan teaches in her popular U of A clown workshop, Over Her Dead Body is written, performed, directed and designed by a group of talented U of A alumni, with support from the U of A President’s Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts.
When a no-nonsense, middle-aged daughter returns home for her offbeat mother’s funeral, she finds herself at an unexpected wake. Nostalgia and reality collide in this physical comedy about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and the soothing power of a nice cup of tea.
Over Her Dead Body is told in the silent storytelling tradition of Buster Keaton and Mr. Bean. A world première from Small Matters Productions, the company that brought us Edmonton International Fringe Festival hits Fools for Love, Sofa So Good, and Ask Aggie.
Over Her Dead Body features U of A talent including:
Jan Henderson: co-creator & performer
Instructor, acting, mask & clown , BA, BFA
Christine Lesiak: co- creator & performer
MFA , Theatre Practice 2016
Suzie Martin: co-creator and director
MFA, Directing 2016
Erin Voaklander: production manager
BA, English & Poli Sci. 2006
Beth Dart: lighting design
BFA Stage Management 2007
Michael Kennard: physical comedy consultant
Associate Professor, Drama Dept, BA , BFA
Congratulations, Jan, on your long-awaited return to the stage!
Fringe Theatre presents
Over Her Dead Body
A Small Matters Production
Written by Christine Lesiak, Jan Henderson and Suzie Martin
Directed by Suzie Martin
Starring Jan Henderson and Christine Lesiak
Original music by Leif Ingebrigtsen
the ATB Financial Arts Barns – Backstage Theatre
Preview performances on November 28 & 29 at 8pm
Première run November 30 through December 9 at 8pm nightly
Matinee performances on December 3 and December 9 at 2pm
Relaxed Performance on December 5
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